I recently finished a film which required foley for cannibal natives.

I needed foley for shell and bone necklaces.

I had nowhere to turn to,

until a friend of mine discarded his pistachio shell cup!

I was saved!

I bought a bag of roasted and salted pistachios.

Taking a handful, I began to create some very convincing foley for the natives running about.

I'll upload some samples tomorrow with an update to this post.

  • I bet you could get some neat rain sounds out of 'em too. Betcha could get a nice neck break out of mashing them with a rubber mallot.
    – g.a.harry
    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:58
  • @g.a.harry Shh. That was going to be the next Onomonopeya Sharades!
    – Utopia
    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:16
  • Dammit. Me and my big mouth...
    – g.a.harry
    Apr 29, 2011 at 7:40
  • @Utopia: hi there! I was searching here for similar effects. Do you still have some samples you could share for those recordings? Thank you! Nov 5, 2012 at 16:17
  • @Melissa Absolutely. Shoot me your e-mail and I'll send you off a couple.
    – Utopia
    Nov 13, 2012 at 23:45

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interesting... did you make a chain out of them or just held them in your hand?

  • Moved them between hands and hopped up and down with them in one of those small mesh bags you get those chocolate coins in.
    – Utopia
    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:00

After reading this I feel a hundred times less-strange than before, as I've just accumulated a full glass of pistachio shells over the past few days. Decided to save them for some experimentation :D

  • Nice! I also recorded them when they were still in-tact (i.e. not eaten). Sounded good both ways, but there is more low-end when it's still in tact.
    – Utopia
    May 2, 2011 at 4:51

oh yeah, pistacios always sounded great to me..taste great too, hard to get enough. such amazing shells.


This thread is making me crave some pistachios.

That is all.


Pistachios, is there anything they cant do?

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